April Poem Challenge – Day 8

Today’s prompt is to write about panic. This made me think of all the ways we keep quiet about depression and anxiety and mental illness and why we don’t treat it like any other affliction when we talk about it (or rather don’t talk about it). Here’s my panic poem.


When did she learn about silence
To never tell when she can’t breathe
That moment when she won’t
leave the house
Because what lies beyond is
like facing the world’s armies

Why did she learn not to tell
of the vice-grip fingers
that close around her

What did the world teach her
If she thinks she must
put on a false smile
Though she may be dying


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